From central metropolises to charming, overlooked locales, top ten best places to visit in Europe. But where does a penny-pinching, adventure-seeking twenty something even begin when it comes to traveling Europe? The big players London, Paris, and Amsterdam are great. Those must be on everyone’s bucket list. For the millennial, these cities offer tasty street food, hip hostels, cozy cafes and many glimpses into new cultures. And there’s a bonus these good-looking cities are even worth visiting if you’re not exactly in your 20s anymore.
List of Top Ten Best Places to Visit in Europe 2016 Ranking
10. Kraków, Poland
Want to go around with a never-ending supply of social and political history? Top to Kraków. The town is a “treasure trove” of historical construction and boasts more important buildings and monuments than any other city in Poland. Must-sees add Wawel Castle, Kraków’s Old Town, the former Jewish quarter (Kazimierz) and Rynek Glowny central square.
9. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona’s energetic environment makes it a must-visit metropolis. Set on the Mediterranean, there’s action for everyone here. Check out Gaudi’s famed La Sagrada Familia, hang on the beach, sample tapas, browse La Boqueria business, and party until the sun rises.
8. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Most young passengers are all about Prague. And do not get us wrong, Prague is nice. But Český Krumlov is the biggest place you’ve never heard about. This beautiful castle city is located in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic and boasts an incredible maze-like old town. The Vltava River runs through Český Krumlov, suggesting there are lots of riverfront cafes to many. The river is also a favorite canoeing and rafting spot if you’re feeling outdoorsy!
7. Oslo, Norway
Norway is the highest place on Earth. So its capital, Oslo, is pretty outstanding. And yes, the country is most expensive, but can be done on a budget. Set on a backdrop of forested hills and the Oslo Fjord, the city has no shortage of natural beauty. The city also offers some different museums, like the Viking Ship Museum and the Nobel Peace Centre.
6. Fira, Greece
If you’re backpacking through cities, you’ll eventually want a place to slow down, relax and admire some gorgeous scenery. The island of Santorini is that place. From towering cliffs to the Aegean Sea’s azure water, there’s no shortage of stunning landscapes. From Fira, head to Ancient Thira or jump over to Oia and take in one of their famed sunsets. You can also taste delicious Greek cuisine and sunbathe on the island’s black sand beaches.
5. Budapest, Hungary
The “hipster capital of Europe” is also probably the most unusual spot on the continent. The “playground of twentysomethings” is, clearly, ideal for young travelers looking for cultural improvement and some uber-cool nightlife. Check out District VII’s unique shops and cafes, pop into a “ruin pub,” visit a some museums and ogle the city’s gorgeous architecture.
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
The capital of Denmark is possibly one of the most beautiful, friendliest cities on Earth. Hop on a bicycle and travel the historic canals and squares while admiring the city’s beautiful construction. Be sure to spend a visit to Tivoli Gardens, the nearby recreation park that’s more than 170 years old. And, of course, make cozy at a bar or cafe and chat up those friendly locals.
3. Stockholm, Sweden
Hip, exciting and undeniably beautiful, Stockholm must be high on your bucket list. Summer is the perfect time to visit when the skies are extra blue, and you can spend the day strolling the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan. Explorers can make an excursion to some of roughly 30,000 islands that make up the skärgård archipelago.
2. Riga, Latvia
Riga was named a 2014 European City of Culture for good reason. There’s iconic architecture, museums, the historic center and lots of celebrations to attend.
1. Berlin, Germany
By day, Berlin is a social wonderland, with an exciting roster of museums, art galleries and famous neighborhoods to explore. By night, Berlin boasts some of the biggest nightlife Europe has to offer whether you need to listen to any low-key live music or storm the night away, there’s a club for every style.